Realism in Hard Times: 4 April 2020

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Over the last couple of days I’ve been looking at the social consequences of the current COVID situation. There are those that are better skilled financially than I am. I won’t make a huge profit out of this time: my aim is that my family and I survive the chaos. I clearly remember how the global financial crisis knocked the family around: we don’t leverage that way any more.

What I am seeing is the backbiting, political infighting, and a move to a culture of control, blame and bullying. There is a culture of dobbing people in starting. The currency of the age is fear.

But the prophet can help, for he wrote in worse times this: his hope was in the Lord.

Lamentations 3:55-66

55 I called on Your name, O Lord,
Out of the lowest pit.
56 You have heard my voice,
“Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief,
From my cry for help.”
57 You drew near when I called on You;
You said, “Do not fear!”
58 O Lord, You have pleaded my soul’s cause;
You have redeemed my life.
59 O Lord, You have seen my oppression;
Judge my case.
60 You have seen all their vengeance,
All their schemes against me.
61 You have heard their reproach, O Lord,
All their schemes against me.
62 The lips of my assailants and their whispering
Are against me all day long.
63 Look on their sitting and their rising;
I am their mocking song.
64 You will recompense them, O Lord,
According to the work of their hands.
65 You will give them hardness of heart,
Your curse will be on them.
66 You will pursue them in anger and destroy them
From under the heavens of the Lord!

Mark 10:32-34

32 They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, 33 saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be [a]delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will [b]hand Him over to the Gentiles. 34 They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.”

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Yes, this time is bad. I expect it will get worse. The planners I deal with think I’m positive. But we know that revenge is not ours, but Gods. We have to adjust, adapt and overcome.It is our endurance that is a witness in such times, and for this we can look to those who lived through the very worst of times, and Christ, who went even further for our sakes.